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Sony RX10 Cybershot 20.2 MP Digital Still Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen

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  • Fast focus for perfect shots at any distance. Capture striking detail thanks to a 24-200mm F2.8 Carl Zeiss lens
  • 20.2MP 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Fast F2.8 ZEISS Sonnar T* zoom lens
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 10.2 x 8.8 cm ; 812 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: DSCRX10.CEH
  • Date first available at 16 Oct. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,941 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Boundless picture-taking power in your hands
Boundless picture-taking power in your hands
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Precision-engineered focusing
Precision-engineered focusing
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The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with a constant f/2.8 aperture and 24-200mm zoom range delivers sharp clarity and bokeh.

For stunning detail, a big 1.0-type back-illuminated 20.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor combines with the high-speed BIONZ X processor.

Focus fast and precisely with lock-on autofocus and the built-in Direct Drive SSM.

Compose each shot with confidence using the OLED Tru-Finder and a tiltable LCD screen.

Take complete control of every shot from a lightweight magnesium alloy body, with a manual control dial and aperture ring.

Performs in any situation

Leave the DSLR at home. The RX10 delivers every time. It has a large 20.2MP 1.0 type back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with a constant max f/2.8 aperture and 24-200mm zoom range. Each click ensures clarity, detail and beauty.

Versatile shooting

Why pack a DSLR with a bunch of lenses? The RX10 has every situation covered. A powerful Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens captures stunning shots in every situation. The wide constant f/2.8 aperture allows plenty of light to enter the lens for striking detail across the entire 24-200mm zoom range. You can also take detail-packed photos in the dark without dialling up the ISO speed. The multilayer T* coating reduces ghosting and flare, so even the most challenging of shots come out crystal-clear. It means you can capture different types of shots with ease. Create beautiful background defocusing, the seven high-precision aspherical blades help correct any aberrations for beautiful bokeh. Shoot pin-sharp clarity and get right up close for detailed macro shots.

Groundbreaking new BIONZ X
BIONZ X image processor for high resolution, noise-free images
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Clarity, contrast & detail
Clarity, contrast and detail
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Detail that comes to life

See every speckle and strand of detail come to life. The 1.0-type back-illuminated 20.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers the same level of crystal-clear clarity as the renowned RX100 II. Inside the lens, light falls directly onto receptive areas of the sensor - no wires block the path - for brighter, clearer photos. The BIONZ X image processor cuts noise levels at precise points for high-resolution images with faithful textures.

Capture the action before it's gone

An unforgettable moment can be brief - don't miss it. The built-in Direct Drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) not only keeps the RX10 compact in size, but boosts focusing speed when shooting at telephoto range - stopping the lens at the precise position that you want. Lock-on autofocus tracks even the fastest subjects with the help of the speedy BIONZ X image processor.

A bigger, brighter view

Take a look through the OLED Tru-Finder- everything stays vividly clear right to the edges. With a wide-angle, uncropped 100% high-resolution view, you can capture the whole scene exactly as you see it. Direct sunlight is no problem, the LCD screen (1,229k-dot) packs each pixel closely together for extra fine detail even when you're shooting outside.

Take control and get creative

Everything you need is at your fingertips. Surrounding the lens, a smooth manual ring allows fingertip adjustment of zoom and focus. Adjust exposure with a few clicks using the aperture ring. Meanwhile, custom settings make it possible to call up frequently used shooting functions quickly on screen. For all its features, the magnesium alloy body still feels incredibly light and strong. The robust design shrugs off dust and drops of water with no problem.


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Sony have a long history of making interesting cameras and have, in recent years, produced some of the most innovative products and technologies. Not all of these developments have caught on but we've admired their pioneering spirit, even when we haven't always loved the products.

The RX10 combines aspects of two of the company's most imagination-catching cameras - the newly announced RX100 II and the near-legendary R1 from 2005. It revives the large-sensor, long-zoom concept of the R1, but utilizing the same 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor, meaning it can offer a balance of high image quality and long zoom in a sensibly sized package. In this case it means the RX10 is able to offer a 24-200mm equivalent F2.8 lens.

That relatively big sensor means the RX10 is not a small camera - it's about the height and width of a small DSLR and, though its body is slimmer than that, its 8.3x lens adds a stout, weighty bulk to the proceedings.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 key features

  •     20MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm)
  •     24-200mm equivalent stabilized F2.8 lens
  •     Built-in 3-EV Neutral Density filter
  •     Flip-out, 1.3m dot (VGA resolution) rear LCD
  •     1.14m dot OLED viewfinder
  •     ISO 125 - 12,800 (expandable down to ISO 80)
  •     Approx 10fps continuous shooting in 'Speed Priority mode'
  •     Wi-Fi with NFC for easier connection (with compatible devices)
Of course a lot of time has passed since the R1 was launched, so it's no surprise that the RX10 is a more capable camera - but Sony says it has added a lot over even the RX100 II launched earlier this year. By using the same Bionz X processor as the Alpha 7 and 7R, it gains more sophisticated image processing but, significantly, it also gains a built-in 3EV neutral density filter, meaning you can make use of that F2.8 maximum aperture, even in bright light.

The RX10 also becomes the first Sony to feature a 'Direct Drive SSM' focus motor, which uses piezoelectric materials to position the focus element, rather than linear motors. The company says this allows the lens to be both moved and stopped more accurately - reducing focus times. The lens also has a pretty reasonable close-focus distance, that increases from 3cm at the wide-angle end to 30cm at the other extreme (giving magnification ratio of 0.45x and 0.38x respectively).

The more powerful processor not only promises more detailed JPEGs, it also allows the camera to use every pixel to create its video, rather than having to sub-sample the sensor as most DSLRs do (the line-skipping method is a major source of moiré).

And Sony appears to have been thinking about more than just stills when it made this cameras - the RX10 offers one of the most extensive lists of features for videographers we've seen on any camera. This includes stepless aperture control, headphone and mic sockets, focus peaking, zebra exposure warning and uncompressed video output.

The only problem is likely to be trying to convince anyone to spend so much on a compact camera. Because, while it was relatively easy to make the argument that the RX100 was worth nearly twice as much as a Canon S110 (given it had a sensor three times larger) it's a little harder to explain to people why they should pay $1299 for a zoom compact - no matter how capable.
So what's the big deal?

Part of the problem with trying to explain why the RX10 costs so much (and we're not sure why it cost quite so much), is that it requires you to understand not just the equivalent focal length range and aperture, but also the effect of sensor size.

This understanding isn't helped by the use of F-numbers to describe aperture. In terms of exposure (and by definition), F2.8 = F2.8 = F2.8. However, that doesn't tell the whole story. In terms of depth-of-field and total light on the sensor (which is a major determinant of image quality), you also need to consider sensor size - otherwise the 24-200mm equivalent F2.8 lens on this camera doesn't sound any more impressive than a camera half the size or, more importantly, less than half the price.

So, while the Panasonic DMC-FZ200 at first glance looks most impressive, the equivalent aperture figures tell a very different story. Equivalent apertures tell you how the lens compares to a full frame lens with similar characteristics - much as the more familiar 'equivalent focal length' does. However, rather than telling you which lens has a comparable field-of-view, it tells you which full frame lens would provide the same control over depth-of-field and the total light hitting the sensor.

So, while it might initially appear that the Nikon Coolpix P7800 offers a comparable lens in a much smaller body (and for much less money), the RX10's actual peers are rather different.

Here you can see that the RX100 can receive around 0.7EV more light at the wide-angle end of its zoom and almost 2.7EV more at the long end of the zoom. In fact, its wide maximum aperture means it's able to receive more light than Canon's larger-sensored G1 X from around 39mm equivalent and more than a Canon DSLR with 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 from 65mm equivalent onwards. And that gives the RX10 greater control over depth-of-field and the potential for better low light performance than any of these cameras.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Cakedestroyer on 18 Aug. 2014
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I purchased this based on reviews and a quick "hands on" at a large department store. So I was very apprehensive ordering one. I need not have worried, this is an exceptional camera.

My brand loyalty lies with Nikon and I use their excellent professional standard DSLRs and lenses. But you need big muscles and a strong back to carry all this kit around on a city break. So I wanted a bridge camera to take good quality holiday pictures, and so that I could edit them using RAW images.

This camera is NOT up to the quality of my Nikon DSLR, but it is not far off! I am thrilled with this camera. It takes excellent shots even in "Auto" mode where it will beat any point and shoot hands down.

If you have a DSLR and want a bridge camera this is one of the best I have found. I took hundreds of shots on the city break and there were only a few of the shots that I was not happy with, generally backlit where my exposure compensation was way off the mark.

The only down side to this camera is the documentation. Since returning from my holiday I have got the Kindle edition of a book explaining all the functions of the camera. The RX10 is very flexible, featuring all the functions of DSLR including full manual settings if you have time to set up the shot yourself. Sony produce an on-line interactive manual for this camera but I found that very hard to navigate.

For an experienced DSLR user you will not be disappointed. Thoroughly recommended.
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86 of 95 people found the following review helpful By RJP the Book Boy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Mar. 2014
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I have been a photographer for over 30 years and sell my work and use my pictures to illustrate websites and books I also work as a science lecturer and use images to illustrate them. My clients include English Heritage and Mercedes Benz. My main day to day kit is from Nikon using their high end bodies and professionals lenses. Nikon D800, 24 - 70 2.8 and 70 - 200 2.8 and a Nikon D700 with 28 - 200 DX lens for back up and walk around kit I have been looking for a camera to carry around for days out with the family that does not need a porter to carry it due to its weight and size. I think I have now found it with the Sony RX10


This is a high end bridge camera from Sony. It has a non-detachable Carl Zeiss 24 to 200mm 2.8 lens which is its headline feature. The cameras is expensive but very well made, contains all the options for customisation and has a lens made by one of the best lens makers in the World. The camera has lots of features and customisable options not normally found on bridge or compact cameras.
Sony inherited much of its camera experience when it took over Minolta and Konica and all the Sony compacts I have had have always been a cut above the rest for the money. So here goes with my review of this very promising camera.

This is my initial review after a couple of weeks with the camera using g it in less than ideal weather conditions so as the weather gets better ( I hope) I will add to this review so that you can see how I get on pushing the camera to its limits.

In the box.

The camera,
Lens cap and hood,
Charger and cable,
Basic instruction manual and guarantee leaflets,
Accessory leaflet.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G Hooper on 19 Jun. 2015
What is special about this camera is its combination of large 1" sensor and a zoom lens with a constant f2.8 wide aperture.

The 1" sensor in the RX10 is about 4 times larger than the typical 1/2.3" sensor found in a bridge camera. This larger sensor means better light capturing ability which results in better image quality - especially in low light. Additionally, the lens allows much more light to reach the sensor than a typical bridge camera. At it's widest aperture this lens lets in from 2 to 4 times as much light as the typical lens. Again, more light means better picture quality - especially indoors where it tends to be darker.

Ergonomically, this camera is the best camera that I have ever used. The combination of extra direct controls, good grip, good quality viewfinder and top panel display make this camera a joy to use. Additionally its weatherproofing meant that I have been happy to use this camera in conditions where I would have been worried about using other cameras e.g. out in the rain and on a speedboat filming the family water skiing.

All of this would be academic if the photo and video quality let it down. Fortunately, the RX10 excels in these areas. Overall the photo quality is very similar my Sony A6000 and Sony 18-200mm lens. The A6000 has a much bigger sensor but its advantage in terms of low light and background blur is almost completely cancelled out by the much faster lens on the RX10. (Although the A6000 still has a slight edge in terms of colour depth and dynamic range.)

This camera will seem very expensive compared to other bridge cameras such as Sony's own HX400. Additionally, it's 8x zoom will seem short compared top the 50x zoom on those sort of cameras.
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73 of 82 people found the following review helpful By M David on 18 Dec. 2013
With the acclaimed sensor of the DSC-RX100M2 and a stand-out Zeiss lens in a body of almost jewel like quality this camera is a perfect alternative to a DSLR for travellers and many others. Unfortunately the launch by Sony of the a7 at the same time has more or less completely upstaged this remarkable camera and the price has discouraged many who really should take a closer look.

I haven't used the camera in anger yet due to total lack of spare time but so far I have been very happy with what I have seen. I will update in the new year when I get some time at home in the daylight. Based on what time I have had so far my initial conclusions are:

Positive points
1) The lens: 24mm is wider than any kit lens, F2.8 is brighter and at 200mm you can really use this very effectively hand-held.
2) The package: handles like a small DSLR but fits in a very small bag with no accessories needed so you can carry it everywhere.
3) The quality: beautiful materials and beautifully designed including dust and moisture sealing.
4) The viewfinder: excellent quality, resolution and field of view. Also I find it perfectly usable with my glasses on. Articulating LCD screen is also excellent.
5) Ergonomics: aperture ring plus two rotary controls and host of customisable buttons each positioned to make it easy to find by touch.
6) Features: everything you would expect from a DSLR and quite a bit more especially for the videographer including ND Filter, Audio metering and audio level controls, WiFi connectivity, clean HDMI output suitable for external recording.

Negative points
1) Lack of a proper technical user guide. Many features are self-evident but many others are not. This is unforgiveable. Even an on-line guide in one language would be something.
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